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    Changing the order of words

    Hi! Need your help again! Can I change the order of words in song lyrics like that:
    "Deep inside of your imagination
    There's an evil spirit lives"

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    Re: Changing the order of words

    "Deep inside of your imagination
    There's an evil spirit that lives"

    "Deep inside of your imagination
    There's an evil spirit living"



    "Deep inside of your imagination
    An evil spirit lives"

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    Re: Changing the order of words

    Oh.. Thanks. Can you, please, explain why there is/there are cannot be used with simple present in such cases?

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    Re: Changing the order of words

    Quote Originally Posted by b.a.d. View Post
    Hi! Need your help again! Can I change the order of words in song lyrics like that:
    "Deep inside of your imagination
    There's an evil spirit lives"

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    Thanks in andvance!
    Lyrics are not always grammatical. Since it's a lyric, You probably want the line to end with lives. So you could also use:

    Deep inside your imagination,
    There an evil spirit lives.

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    Re: Changing the order of words

    Thanks a lot! You got it right. I wanted the line to end with "lives"

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    Re: Changing the order of words

    Quote Originally Posted by b.a.d. View Post
    Oh.. Thanks. Can you, please, explain why there is/there are cannot be used with simple present in such cases?
    Dear b.a.d.:

    It's not there is/there are that causes the problem.

    The line, 'There's an evil spirit lives,' without the contraction is,

    'There is an evil spirit lives.'

    You can't say, 'is lives,' only 'is living,' or 'that lives.'

    Just as you wouldn't say, 'I am posts a question to the forum,' but, 'I am posting a question to the forum.'

    If you want to retain 'there,' you could say, 'There an evil spirit lives.'

    Best wishes,

    Petra

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    Re: Changing the order of words

    Oh :)) Now I got it! Thank you, Petra! )))

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